All MPA degree students must complete 42 semester hours of course work earning no grade below C (C- is not acceptable). A GPA of 3.0 or higher is needed to earn the MPA degree. All MPA students must complete the following 30-hour core curriculum.
Most courses are hybrid, meaning some classes may have an in-person (or Zoom) meeting, usually offered in the evening (Monday – Thursday) at the Boca Raton campus.
Curriculum Area and Core Courses
|Introduction to Public Administration*||PAD 6053*|
Public Organization Theory
|Organizations and Administrative Behavior OR||PAD 6106|
|Organizational Change & Public Management||PAD 6154|
Public Financial Management
|Seminar in Public Budgeting Techniques OR||PAD 6227|
|Seminar in Public Financial Administration||PAD 6207|
|Seminar in Public Personnel Administration OR||PAD 6417|
|Labor Relations in Government||PAD 6427|
|Public Administration and Public Policy OR||PAD 6036|
|Seminar in Administrative Policy Making||PAD 6035|
|Applied Methods I**||PAD 6701**|
|Applied Methods II*** OR||PAD 6706***|
|Program Review and Analysis***||PAD 6327***|
Law and Procedures
|Administrative Law and Procedures OR||PAD 6605|
Ethics and Democratic Values
|Administrative Ethics OR||PAD 6436|
|Democratic Values and Public Administration||PAD 6042|
|Capstone Seminar in Public Administration****||PAD 6139****|
*This course must be taken within the first 12 semester hours of the student’s program.
** Undergraduate statistics is a prerequisite for Applied Methods 1.
*** Applied Methods 1 is the prerequisite for Applied Methods 2 and Program Review and Analysis.
**** The capstone course can be taken only by students who have been accepted into the MPA program. The course must be taken during the last semester of the student’s program, unless otherwise approved by the MPA coordinator and the capstone instructor.
Sample of Public Administration Elective Courses
The remaining 12 hours are electives. As part of the 12 hours, students who don’t have any public sector experience must complete a one-semester, 20-hour-per-week internship, while registered for the accompanying Government Internship course, PAD 6941. In the past few years, FAU MPA students have completed local government internships with city governments such as Coral Springs, Delray Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Village of Royal Palm Beach, and Wilton Manors. Some students complete non-profit internships, including internships with the Urban League and the Arthritis Foundation, and others completed internships at federal agencies such as the Smithsonian Institute and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
|Managerial Leadership in State and Local Government||PAD 6063|
|Images of Pub Administration||PAD 6065|
|Decision Making in the Public Sector||PAD 6135|
|Financial Environment of Public Sector||PAD 6230|
|Seminar in Policy Implementation||PAD 6365|
|Public Policy Process||PAD 6385|
|Survey Research in Public Sector||PAD 6727|
|Local Government Administration||PAD 6807|
|Intergovernmental Administration||PAD 6826|
For any questions regarding the Master of Public Administration degree program, please contact Dr. Robin Larson (Program Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org.